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Ball State Cardinals today in the Arizona Bowl

The Ball State Cardinals are in action for their final game of the 2020 college football season today against San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl.

 

The match-up is one of only two bowl games this year where two conference champions will will squaring off in a bowl game. The Cards won the MAC Championship two weeks ago, while the Spartans are Mountain West Champions.

 

This is the first time the Cardinals have been in a bowl game since 2013. 

Kyle Crim tops 1000 career points in Morristown win over Lawrenceburg

Kyle Crim topped the 1000 point plateau with a 28-point performance in Morristown's 52-40 3rd place victory over Lawrenceburg at the Morristown Holiday Tournament.

 

Crim and his father, Kevin, are the only father / son combo in school history to surpass 1000 points.

 

 

Crim and Coach Scott McClelland on the Cagney's Pizza King Postgame Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacers Sabonis named Eastern Conf Player of the Week

The NBA announced Monday that Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from Dec. 22-27. An All-Star during the 2019-20 season, this is the first time Sabonis has been named Player of the Week during his NBA career.

Sabonis led Indiana in scoring (24.3 points per game), rebounding (11.0 rebounds per game) and assists (7.0 assists per game) over the Pacers’ three wins to begin the year. He opened the season by setting a new career high with 32 points in Wednesday’s home win over the New York Knicks. Sabonis posted three double-doubles during the week, including the fifth triple-double of his career with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in Saturday’s road win at Chicago. He capped a 19-point, 10-rebound performance with the go-ahead basket with 8.4 seconds remaining to lift the Pacers to a 108-107 win over Boston Sunday night.

Sabonis shares honors with New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week. 

The Pacers are now 3-0 to begin the year – their best start since the 2013-14 regular season – and will return to action Tuesday night as they host the Boston Celtics at 7:00 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Smaller crowds, masks and more employed by athletic programs to keep games on schedule

With Covid-19 ravaging Shelby County and the county’s official designation being downgraded to red, high schools across Shelby County are taking the necessary steps to ensure student-athletes remain safe while competing.

 

According to Bryan Graham, athletic director at Triton Central High School, the Tigers implemented new guidelines this week for all Triton Central athletic and extracurricular activities, and they will remain in place until further notice.

 

As a result, all athletic and extracurricular activities will be limited to participants and adult parents. Furthermore, only two adults can attend, and siblings will not be allowed. All adult parents or guardians will have to identify themselves at the ticket gate and all adult parents and guardians will be marked off the roster for both home and away teams.  In addition, those in attendance are asked to mask up for the entire event.

 

Triton Central has said the expectation is for masks to be worn, and Graham notes parents are complying.

 

“With the smaller-only parents attending, they want to see their kids play, so we are having no issues,” Graham said.

 

Waldron High School is also putting restrictions in place when it comes to watching high school athletics.

 

Ken Howell, athletic director at Waldron Junior-Senior High School, said the administration with Shelby Eastern Schools has implemented new changes. 

 

As a result, all participants will be allowed two tickets that can be used by any adult and siblings can attend games and must sit with their parent or guardian in the stands. 

 

Fans attending basketball games can only sit in the south bleachers or north balcony bleachers and no fans will be allowed to sit in the lower bleachers with the teams. 

 

Students and children who are not siblings of participants can not attend, everyone must wear a mask and limited concessions will continue to be sold. 

 

"Our goal is to try to keep everyone safe and healthy, help slow the spread of the virus and to provide opportunities for fans to cheer on the Mohawks. We feel that these changes will help us accomplish all three of these goals. We will continue to monitor this situation and make changes when needed. Please feel free to contact the school at 765-544-5588 if you have any questions," Howell wrote in a Facebook post. 

 

With the holidays rapidly approaching, Graham says it is important parents and student-athletes continue to take the steps to ensure safety.

 

“Be sure to put yourself and family in winning situations. Timing is everything right now during the holiday season. Surround yourself with people that have the same things to lose as you do,” Graham said. 

IU's Tom Allen named conference Coach of the Year

Indiana coach Tom Allen was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the league’s coaches and media.

 

Allen is the first Hoosiers coach to earn the honor since Bill Mallory won the award in 1986 and ‘87.

 

The Hoosiers concluded the regular season 6-1 and are ranked seventh in the nation in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll, their best ranking since 1967.

 

The Hoosiers wait to see what bowl they will play in after the rescheduled Old Oaken Bucket game was canceled due to COVID-19 cases at both Purdue and Indiana.

COVID-19 impacts 2021 IndyCar slate

IndyCar announced that next year’s Long Beach Grand Prix scheduled for April has been moved to September. The iconic street race has been rescheduled for September 26, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The reworked schedule creates a September west coast swing to finish the season, barring any other scheduling moves. IndyCar will race in Portland September 12, followed by the original season-ending race at Laguna Seca September 19 with the season finale at Long Beach. 

 

 

South Decatur survives Morristown shot at the buzzer to win key game between Mid-Hoosier contenders

South Decatur survived a Mid-Hoosier tilt in Morristown as Lane Lauderbaugh connected on two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining and Morristown's Kyle Crim missed a runner as time expired.

 

 

The Cougars (2-2, 1-0) won their conference opener, 67-66.  

 

The Cagney's Pizza King Postgame with Johnny McCrory and Jason Parker includes game statistics, conversation with Morristown Coach Scott McClelland and the Shelby Materials Player of the Game.

 

 

 

Youth football coming to Morristown

For Corey Barton, youth in Morristown playing football has always been a dream and vision of his.

 

It is now starting to take shape, as Barton is looking to create a youth program that could, potentially, aid Morristown Junior-Senior High School as the IHSAA considers bringing on 8-man football to the high school ranks.

 

“I have always had a vision of Morristown having a team. I was hoping someone would initiate it after seeing our Waldron program over the past six years. I just feel that it’s time to create some opponents in our area that are on our level as far as school size and participation numbers. The IHSAA is set to vote on bringing 8-man football to high school sports in the spring as it has increased in popularity across the United States, especially for existing programs struggling with roster numbers and schools that have never had a program,” Barton told Giant FM.

 

Barton, who created the Waldron football program, said his idea has always been to take small steps on the way to having high school football in Waldron.

 

“I wanted to prove that it can last and build a program of kids who grow up playing the sport so they have the skills to build on later. I believe we are ready at Waldron,” Barton said. “As far as our Waldron program, it is going great, in my opinion. Our coaches get better every year and we have a solid base of players. We compete well with schools much bigger than us and many times, hold our own.”

 

For Barton, it is his hope to have at least 14 kids per age group and play 8-on-8 with the hope the IHSAA will adopt the initiative of 8-man football, allowing an easy transition within the Shelby Eastern Schools district.

 

“If we are short of those numbers, we can even go down to 6 on 6. If it’s anything like the program we have in Waldron, the numbers will grow every year and they will get stronger at the younger ages as we go,” he told Giant FM.

 

Morristown previously had football at the high school level, and Barton said that can bring mixed results to what he hopes to do.

 

“A lot of parents or grandparents may be how it didn’t last. I believe that was in the 80’s, and a lot has changed since the 80’s. Football is, probably, the most popular game in America now and the kids want to play it. We need to remember to let the kids enjoy their childhood and have memories. That is what this is all about,” Barton said.

 

He maintains despite what the IHSAA may do or public perception, there are plenty of positives about building the program.

 

“The ability to bring in more kids from outlying areas to play football that may not have the chance to play as much at a small school. We would add Morristown’s kids under our umbrella for the time being. However, I am definitely open to any help or partnership with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. That would be great,” Barton said.

 

Barton said he has heard from former players that are currently attending middle and high school at Waldron who have voiced hopes in having a football program at that level. Barton said a petition began and he has met with the principal and athletic director to discuss the matter.

 

“They seem to have interest and want to be aware of the possibilities, which I appreciate. I think it is here if we want it. We have to want it as a community. Times have changed and this is our chance. I absolutely foresee having programs at the middle and high school level. Not everyone is good at basketball nor is there very many roster spots the older you get. Kids of all sizes and abilities have the opportunity to find a home on a football field that can handle up to 22 different starters at a given time. Some kids move schools to find these opportunities. Some kids never know their abilities because they were never given a chance at Waldron and Morristown,” Barton said.

 

Barton said worst case, the program would cost participants $100, but his goal is to make it as affordable as possible.

 

“I always try to make it as affordable as possible. It is nothing to sign up right now. We won’t leave a kid behind that can’t afford it,” Barton said.

 

For more information or to register, contact Barton at 317-512-7795.  

No Old Oaken Bucket, no conference championship for IU

Indiana and Purdue announced they have mutually agreed to cancel this weekend’s battle for the Old Oaken Bucket in Bloomington due to COVID-19 issues within both programs.

 

It will be the first time the two rivals will not play since 1919.

 

In a joint statement, athletic directors Mike Bobinski of Purdue and Scott Dolson of IU expressed their disappointment and said that while they understand the history and tradition of one of the best rivalries in college football, the safety and well-being of players, coaches and staff is their primary priority.

 

The Big Ten Conference announced its athletic directors have voted to remove the six-game requirement to be eligible for next Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game. Ohio State, which is 5-0 and had this week’s game canceled, will now play Northwestern at Lucas Oil Stadium for the conference title.

 

Before the conference amended the rules, Indiana would have been the East division champ over the Buckeyes.

 

The Big Ten cited the fact that Ohio State would have been the East division champion whether it had won or lost against Michigan, a game that was called off due to virus concerns within the Wolverines program.

 

Shelby County Tournament brackets are set; Covid-19 causing location, attendance changes

The Shelby County Tournament brackets have been drawn.  The Covid-19 impacted tournament will take on a much different look this season.

 

The semifinals on January 7 and 8 will be played at two venues instead of one central site to allow for Covid-19 guidelines.  Championships on Saturday, January 9, will be held at Triton Central.

 

Thursday, Jan 7

Girls semifinals

7 pm:  Morristown at Triton Central

7 pm:  Waldron at Southwestern

 

Friday, Jan 8

Boys semifinals

7 pm:  Southwestern at Triton Central

7 pm:  Waldron at Morristown

 

Saturday, Jan 9

Championships at Triton Central

1 pm:  Girls

7 pm:  Boys

 

More details on ticket arrangements, who can attend and other logistics will be available soon.

 

Each game of the Shelby County Tournament can be heard on GIANT fm Sports.

 

#5 Waldron drops road game at #6 Jac-Cen-Del

#5 (1A) Waldron (5-2) shot just 26% from the field and was outrebounded by 14 in a Tuesday road loss to #6 (1A) Jac-Cen-Del (5-2).

 

Stats, game breakdown, coach's conversation with Anthony Thomas and the Shelby Materials Player of the Game in the Cagney's Pizza King Postgame from Osgood.

 

 

Shelbyville's Kylee Edwards among the Week-5 IBCA / Franciscan Health Player of the Week winners

As the girls’ season nears the midway point, and the boys’ season has finished its first two weeks, we are starting to see more and more teams finally take the floor, therefore there were many more candidates to choose from as six players have been awarded with Week-5 IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week honors.

           

South Bend Saint Joseph Senior J.R. Konieczny, Plainfield Senior Ian Scott, Evansville Bosse Junior Julian Norris, Fort Wayne South Side Junior Olivia Smith, Union City Junior Skylie Lutz, and Shelbyville Sophomore Kylee Edwards have been selected as honorees for Nov. 30-Dec. 5 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.Konieczny is the boys’ honoree, and Smith is the girls’ honoree in District-1. Scott and Lutz have been selected as the boys’ and girls’ winners, respectively, in District-2. Norris is the boys’ recipient, and Edwards is the girls’ recipient in District-3.

           

South Bend Saint Joseph’s J.R. Konieczny has put together quite the career already, so his explosive outputs last week aren’t necessarily unexpected. In a Friday matchup at South Bend’s John Adams High School, the 6-7 wing scored 30 of his team’s 54 points, but it wasn’t quite enough, as the Eagles knocked off the Indians, 65-54.  Returning to the court the very next day, the Senior wing helped secure a win at Marquette Catholic by pouring in 41 points in a 91-82 victory, helping the Indians split their pair of weekend contests. The 6-7 Konieczny has committed to play next season nearby at the University of Notre Dame.

           

Fort Wayne South Side Junior Olivia Smith is your District-1 girls’ winner for Week-5, and the dynamic playmaker was very good in a pair of wins for the Archers. Friday, South Side took on a young, but vastly improved Fort Wayne Snider squad, picking up a tough 65-61 conference win. The 5-4 point guard scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, handed out seven assists, and forced two steals to help the Archers remain undefeated in Summit Conference play. Saturday, South Side again played at home, this time hosting a tall and talented South Bend Washington team. In what proved to be a bit slower game, the Archers once again came out on top, this time by a 50-41 final score, moving their record to 4-0 on the year. Smith was again the key catalyst for South Side, scoring a team-high 26 points, grabbing three rebounds, and handing out a pair of assists.

           

District-2 saw 40-point efforts from both the boys’ and girls’ winner. Plainfield Senior Ian Scott started his week Friday in a conference matchup at Whiteland. The forward scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out four assists, collected four steals, and blocked a shot in the close 51-43 Mid-State Conference win. Scott was 8-13 from the field and knocked down a free throw in the effort.

           

Saturday, at the ‘Sneakers for Santa Shootout’ at Brownsburg High School, the 6-7 Scott was all over the place against Indianapolis North Central, pouring in 43 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a big 66-56 win over the Panthers. The Quakers’ forward was a stellar 19-26 from the field, finishing at the rim on several occasions, plus he made five free throws on the day.

           

Union City’s Skylie Lutz was outstanding last week, starting with her performance Wednesday night in an 81-44 win at Monroe Central. The Junior wing was sizzling from the field, knocking down 13 of her 16 field goal attempts, 4 of 5 shots from deep, and both free throws, on her way to 32 points. She added eight rebounds and three assists in the victory.

           

Saturday at Knightstown, in a Tri-Eastern Conference matchup, the 5-6 Lutz helped the Indians to the decisive conference win. The Junior poured in 41 points on 17-27 shooting, 2-4 from 3-point range, and a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed four rebounds, handed out three assists, and collected four steals, helping Union City to their fourth win of the year.

           

Evansville Bosse Junior Julian Norris had a very consistent week in a pair of nice Bulldog wins. Friday saw Bosse host Boonville, where the 6-3 guard posted his first double-double, scoring 23 points and hauling in 10 rebounds. Norris shot 8-13 from the field, a solid 5-9 from 3-point range, and he buried a pair of free throws playing limited minutes in an easy 76-44 win. He added three assists and three steals to his output.

           

Saturday, the Bulldogs hosted Bishop Chatard, and in a closely contested 72-63 victory, the Junior guard again came up big with another double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. This time Norris knocked down nine shots from the field, five more 3-pointers, and made three of his free throw attempts. He also contributed four assists and a steal in the win.

           

In just her second varsity season, Shelbyville Sophomore Kylee Edwards is providing a lot of hope and excitement for the Golden Bear faithful. Friday night, in a hard-fought 61-49 win against Franklin County, the Sophomore guard scored a career-high 35 points on a blistering 16-21 from the field. The youngster also grabbed five rebounds and collected five thefts in victory.

           

Saturday afternoon, the Golden Bears were back in action, this time hosting Batesville. Playing limited minutes in the second half of a 56-39 win, the 5-7 Edwards still managed 24 points, three rebounds, and an impressive eight steals. Through six games, the Sophomore guard is averaging 23.0 points per game, plus she has scored no less than 18 points in any one contest.

           

This is the 13th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, but the first season it is presented by Franciscan Health, a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

           

Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Girls State Finals. Boys winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Boys State Finals.

 

 

Other Top Nominees for Week-5 (2020-21)

 

            District-1 Boys:Caedmon Bontrager, Lakewood Park Christian; Zane Burke, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Matt Gonzales, Highland; Luke Goode, Homestead; Jamie Hodges Jr., Michigan City; Reece Marrs, Hebron; Luke McBride, Norwell; Brett Sickafoose; Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley; Cole Wireman, Kouts.

 

            District-1 Girls:Allison Capouch, Kouts; Ellia Foster, Bremen; Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian; Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre; Kendal Johnson, Lewis Cass; Annaka Nelson, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran; Morgan Ostrowski, Garrett; Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Jessie Ringen, Rensselaer Central; Sidney Wagner, Tippecanoe Valley.

 

            District-2 Boys:Landon Biegel, Oak Hill; Joseph Bobilya, Guerin Catholic; Grant Brown, Madison-Grant; Luke Brown, Blackford; Tai McClung, Mississinewa; Gabriel McQuay, Arsenal Technical; Luke Meek, Rossville; Isaiah Stafford, Crispus Attucks; Kyle Thomas, Cloverdale; Brian Waddell, Carmel.

 

            District-2 Girls:Carley Culberson, Yorktown; Chloe Custis, South Putnam; Bridget Dunn, Carmel; Alli Harness, Carroll (Flora); Erikka Hill, Shenandoah; Ally Madden, Blue River Valley; Teresa Maggio, McCutcheon; Kennedy Martin, West Lafayette; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville; Halle Shelt, Park Tudor.

 

            District-3 Boys:Jack Benter, Brownstown Central; Tyler Bowlby, Waldron; Curt Hopf, Barr-Reeve; Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek; Treyton Owens, Scottsburg; Bryan Rippy, Eastern Greene; Logan Rohrbacher, East Central; Cody Samples, South Ripley; Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills; Ryan Taylor, Evansville Mater Dei.

 

            District-3 Girls:Bella Dittemore, Eminence; Jessie Duvall, Switzerland County; Lauren Foster, Indian Creek; Rebekah Gordon, Heritage Hills; Brooke Jackson, Mount Vernon (Posey); Graycie Poe, North Knox; Zoe Stewart, Terre Haute North Vigo; Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran; Linzie Wernert, Lanesville; Annabelle Williams, Jac-Cen-Del.

IMS historian Donald Davidson retiring

A voice and a face that is synonymous with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is calling it a career after nearly six decades. 

 

Donald Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, has announced he is retiring at the end of the year. 

 

Davidson, who grew up in England, first visited IMS in May 1964, fulfilling his dream and fascination with "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." He impressed many, including track owner Tony Hulman, with his knowledge of the track, and made his first radio appearance with WIBC and IMS Radio Network anchor Sid Collins. He then returned to the United States the following year, and has been here ever since. 

 

Over the last 55 years, he has become a well-known voice for the track, from on-air roles during Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 broadcasts, to hosting the popular call-in radio show "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" on 1070AM in Indianapolis. 

 

"There will never be another Donald Davidson," A.J. Foyt once said. "I bet he knows more about my career than I do."

 

"A walking encyclopedia of everything Indianapolis," said Mario Andretti when asked to describe Davidson. 

 

Davidson was inducted into the IMS Hall of Fame in 2010, the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2013, the USAC Hall of Fame in 2017, and has even received the Sagamore of the Wabash -- Indiana's highest civilian honor. 

 

 

Notre Dame will play for ACC title with tweaks to conference schedule

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have clinched a spot in the ACC Championship game. 

 

As you may already know, the independent Notre Dame football team joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this year only because of the pandemic. It's the first time ever the school has been fully affiliated with a conference in football.

 

The Irish are sit at an undefeated 9-0 on the season and 8-0 in conference-play. 

 

The ACC has had to shift around the schedules of several teams that have been dealing with COVID related issues of late. Because so many games have had to be rescheduled or canceled because of the pandemic, the conference has decided to evaluate teams in contention for the championship game (Notre Dame, Miami, and Clemson) based on a nine game schedule and not the previously agreed upon ten games. 

 

"Based on the current standings and results to date, Notre Dame holds all tiebreakers and has therefore secured a berth in the ACC Football Championship Game," the conference said in a release on Tuesday. 

 

As a result of this schedule shift, the Irish will conclude their regular season this weekend against Syracuse. Clemson will do the same against Virginia Tech. Notre Dame's previously scheduled regular season finale against Wake Forest has been canceled. 

 

The Irish will have a week off between their final regular season game this weekend and the ACC Championship Game set to be played Dec. 19.

 

 

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